Lawrence County News
March 5, 1936
KERNEL OF POPCORN CAUSED DEATH OF TWO-YEAR-OLD BOY
Paul Wilson Jr., Two-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Wilson, died Saturday afternoon while he was being taken to the Barnes hospital in St. Louis.
Mr. and Mrs. Wilson reside on the B. L. Roberts' farm, near Pleasant Ridge Church, in Bond Township. Saturday morning about seven o'clock the little fellow was playing around in the house and picked up some popcorn from a bowl on a table. A grain became lodged in his trachea and resisted all efforts to dislodge it. Dr. J. W. Montgomery, of Birds, was called and was unable to remove the kernel and advised that the child be taken to a hospital.
A hurried trip was made to Olney where an incision was made into the trachea and a small rubber tube inserted. A telephone call was then made to the Barnes Hospital at St. Louis to be ready for an emergency operation and Lowell Weger, who had taken the parents and child to Olney, started for St. Louis. When near Salem, car trouble caused a delay and when a short distance out of the city, the child died from strangulation. He would have been two years old on March 5th.
The body was brought to the home of his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. R. T. Gilliatt, in Bridgeport, where funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 2:30. Burial was made in the Sumner cemetery.